George Hancock invented the game of softball in 1887 on Thanksgiving Day in Chicago. Hancock was joined with a handful of sports fans in a gymnasium to await the results of a Yale vs Harvard sports game. When the results were announced, a Yale supporter threw a boxing glove at a Harvard supporter, and the Harvard supporter swung at the glove with a broomhandle. Hancock tied up the boxing glove to create a ball, and later laid out the ground rules for softball. Originally called "inside ball," the game served as a cure for cabin fever experienced by midwesterners in the wintertime.
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George Hancock invented softball on Thanksgiving Day in 1887. 00:09
The first softball was a balled-up boxing glove bound with string. 00:54
The game of softball was originally called "inside ball." 01:11